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Claude Monet's three earliest views of Paris from 1867 are considered to be the first Impressionist views of the city and inspired artists such as Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894) and Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) to create their own pictures of the modern city under reconstruction. The Alte Nationalgalerie on Museum Island presents these works together in Berlin.

In 1867, Claude Monet produced as series of paintings that opened up a new artistic perspective on the modern city.


The artist visited the famous Louvre museum not, as was typical, to copy the works of the Old Masters hanging in its halls, but to paint the pulsating life on the streets of Paris from the balcony of the building.
The results were three remarkable cityscapes depicting views of Saint Germain l’Auxerrois, the Jardin de l’Infante, and the Quai du Louvre. In these works, Monet quite literally turned his back on art-historical tradition, directing his gaze instead to the present of the growing French metropolis.

The Alte Nationalgalerie presents Monet’s three earliest paintings of Paris, which are viewed as marking the beginning of the Impressionist movement. They form the centrepiece of a small, focused show on the image of the city in Impressionism, featuring some 20 works of painting, photography, and the graphic arts.

  • The exhibition is made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie
  • A special exhibition of the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum Den Haag and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College

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Dates
October 2024
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